Jean Mackay – Getting Started in Watercolor (Online); Thursdays, June 6 & 13, 2024

Dates: Thursdays, June 6 & 13, 2024
Time: 3:00 AM-5:00 PM Pacific Time, 6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time, 11:00 PM-1:00 AM London Time
Medium: Watercolor
Level: Beginner

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Get past the perception that watercolor is a difficult and unforgiving medium! Watercolor is versatile, portable, and beautiful, with wide-ranging options for where you want to take it—from nature and urban sketching to botanical illustration to large paintings. Learn the fundamentals and techniques you need to begin painting successfully. The class is geared for beginners and for those who may have missed learning foundational skills. Unwrap your paints, get some decent watercolor paper, shed your fears (or frustrations), and let’s go!

Week 1: Getting Started with Watercolor
We’ll begin by looking at materials and practicing techniques that are key to understanding this exciting medium. Techniques will include flat and graded washes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, soft edges, dry brush, and lifting. We’ll also cover two- and three-color mixing, pigment to water ratio, and limited palettes.

Week 2: From Flat to Form
This session focuses on how to make your subjects look dimensional. We’ll focus on recognizing basic shapes, achieving a range of values from light to dark, and using layers to build value and enrich colors. We’ll also work on adding lively shadows.

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Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years as a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in upstate New York, Jean’s watercolors reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. She is the author/illustrator of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook (2020). Jean teaches online and in-person classes and offers immersive workshops nationally and internationally. She has been an instructor with Winslow Art Center since 2020.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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